Gone are the days when photography was limited to cameras only. Mobile phones went through a massive evolution over the past couple of decades with the inception of new technologies and features. For example, the popularity of camera in a smartphone has gained massive traction among the masses globally, which has offered state-of-the-art camera sensor at the palm of your hands at a very affordable price. The inclusion of various features in the optical department of the phone has greatly improved the quality of the images clicked including optical image stabilisation (OIS), larger sensors, bright lenses, and even optical zoom making.
On World Photography Day, we present you some of the top smartphones furnished with sophisticated optical features and lenses, which will help you click crystal-clear images without a professional camera:
The newly launched Honor 10 appears with the latest AI backed dual rear camera sensors, which will assist professional and amateur photographers to click crystal-clear images with higher resolution. The rear camera has a 16MP primary color sensor (RGB) of f/1.8 aperture, and a 24MP monochrome (Black & White) sensor. Along with this, the camera is also equipped with 2X optical zoom and DSLR-like bokeh effects. The selfie sensor helps click portrait selfies with background blur effects, augmented reality (AR) based stickers, and a studio like 3D lighting effects. Moreover, the unique artist mode helps add Prisma-like artwork effects to the photos and selfies.
Additionally, the phone is powered by a 3400mAh battery and backed by 1.8GHz octa-core chipset. It appears with 6GB of RAM and 128GB ROM, which cannot be expanded.
Price: Rs 32,999 via Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy S9
Camera is the major attraction of newly launched Galaxy S9, which offers two f-stop modes, the category-defining Dual Aperture adapts to bright light and super low light automatically, like the human eye. And you can flex your artistic side, toggling the aperture to create a mood. The phone has a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front shooter for selfies. If it’s dark, the lens opens to F1.5 mode to pull in light for a bright and clear photo and In the daylight, the lens shifts to F2.4 mode to help your picture come out sharp. Create captivating Super Slow-mo videos to share with your friends. Add music to your video with a random selection from preloaded choices or use a song from your own playlist. You can also make it a GIF with three styles of looping: reverse, forward, or swing.
The phone is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery and backed by 1.7GHz octa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. The 64GB storage phone can be expanded externally with 400GB microSD card.
Price: Rs 57,900 via Flipkart
The newly launched OnePlus 6 has unleashed innovative optical features with the inclusion of dual rear sensors; 16MP primary sensor and 20MP secondary sensor. It has a 16MP selfie sensor aperture of f/2.0 for clicking impeccable selfies and video calling. The rear lens supports OIS and EIS both, PDAF and dual LED flash for the dark. The rear camera performs really well, giving natural and realistic shots. Portrait Mode is an extra advantage added to OnePlus 6. It also records slow motion videos, 480 frames per second, to give you some cherished possessions. The Selfie camera is of 16 MP with f2.0 and minus LED flash. There’s screen flash for the darkness which isn’t enough in dark and produces graining effect. The selfie shot in normal lighting can compete with Pixels and Galaxies of the town. Other features include HDR, panorama, touch focus and geo tagging.
Price: Rs 34,999 via Amazon.in
Google pixel 2 XL
The Pixel 2 XL has 12.2 MP rear lens. The rear camera has an upgraded f/1.8 aperture with optical stabilisation. The rear camera also has laser and dual pixel autofocus. The shots taken by the rear camera are very sharp and clear no matter whether it is day or night. The front camera is of 8 megapixel and the selfies taken by it are very clear. If you like taking selfies then the Pixel 2 XL is your phone and all the filters of Snapchat designed for iPhone works fine in Pixel 2 XL which is not usually found in Android OS smartphones. The camera of the Pixel 2 XL can outlast any dual camera smartphones. The Pixel 2 XL can record 4K video at 30fps or 1080p at up to 120fps. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera can do 1080p at 30fps video.
The phone appears with a 4GB RAM and is backed by a 1.9GHz octa-core chipset. Ii is powered by a 3520mAh non removable battery and measures 157.90 x 76.70 x 7.90 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 175.00 grams. The additional connectivity on the phone include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass/ Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope and Barometer.
The phone sports a dual 12-megapixel setup, f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures same as the iPhone 8 Plus and includes a 7MP front camera coupled with the iPhone X’s True Depth sensing technology. The TrueDepth camera analyses more than 50 different muscle movements to mirror your expressions in 16 Animoji and includes new telephoto camera with OIS. It has depth-sensing cameras and precise facial mapping create striking studio?quality lighting effects. The wide-angle and telephoto cameras on iPhone X enable optical zoom, as well as digital zoom of up to 10X for photos and 6x for videos.
Price: Rs 87,000 via Flipkart